I travel a lot and one of the things can really ruin a vacation is getting sick. Obviously, getting sick can make you miserable during the vacation. Did you know that flying while sick can be dangerous? I’ve read stories about people who busted their eardrums from the additional pressure when flying.
And taking additional days off for being sick right after a vacation will not sit well with your boss. Even if it is true, your boss probably won’t believe you.
How to avoid getting sick
Here are some tips on how to avoid getting sick in the first place.
The flu shot doesn’t cover every flu strain, but it gives you a good chance of avoiding major illness. Some workplaces will offer the flu shot for free since it is in their best interest to keep workers feeling healthy.
Pharmacies now offer the flu shot and many offer it for free when you provide your insurance information. You can receive a $5 Target coupon with a no-cost flu shot at CVS.
The doctor’s office is more of a traditional option for getting the flu shot.
Practice Healthy Habits
When you practice healthy habits like eating balanced meals, washing your hands regularly, and getting enough sleep, you can increase your chances of avoiding the flu.
My favorite healthy habit is to drink plenty of water. This helps flush out the yuckies.
When you work out, you may get sick more often since you are exposed to germs from other gym members and touch equipment that others have touched. However, colds are generally less severe and don’t last as long when you work out.
Save money when you’re sick
Getting sick can make you feel horrible. I was miserable and in bed for days battling bronchitis and the flu. I’m just lucky that Anna and the kids didn’t catch what I had.
While I was battling bronchitis and the flu, I used these ways to save money while being sick.
Some of the best ways to treat the flu or a cold are home remedies. Here are some of the best home remedies when you have a cold.
- Chicken soup
- Hot tea with lemon
- Boost your immune system with EmergenC or other sources of Vitamin C
Over the counter drugs
Not all illnesses need a prescription from a doctor to get better. Many times, over-the-counter drugs will be the perfect solution. Viruses need to run their course and most medicines only mask the symptoms. Bacterial infections often need antibiotics to cure the illness.
- Talk to the pharmacist
- Join rewards program for coupons
- Coupons in Sunday paper
- Use apps like Ibotta to save even more
ER vs. Urgent Care vs. Doctor vs. walk-in clinics
Price points vary, so check all of your options. Most of the time, walk-in clinics and urgent care are going to be lower-cost options than the Emergency Room.
Some prescriptions are as little as $4 when you buy generics. If it’s an ongoing prescription, mail orders offering 90-day supplies also offer significant savings.
Get a $5 Target coupon when filling your prescriptions at CVS
Take the full prescription
You may feel better, but the medicine is still working. You don’t want a relapse, because that will just cost even more for additional Dr visits and prescriptions
Don’t go to work
Nobody needs you to be the hero. If you push too hard, it will take longer to get better… and you could get worse
The Bald Thoughts
Alright, everyone. I hope you feel better soon. I’m going back to bed so I can recover from this cold.